Bill Esterson urges people in community to break wall of silence

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson urged Maghull residents to break the wall of silence around the spate of gun crime in town, after the sixth shooting in four months.

In a series of incidents in recent weeks, houses in Maghull have been targeted.

The latest incident was on Sunday evening, it follows seven shootings at various locations in Maghull in the last 14 months:

  • Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 11.30pm: House on Fernbank shot at.
  • Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 11.30pm: House on Moorland Road shot at.
  • Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 11.30pm: House on Fernbank Road shot at.
  • Monday, March 11, 2013 - 12.15am:  A house on Parkbourn Square shot at. Window at the house was broken in the shooting and a car which was reportedly involved in the incident was found burnt out in Pilling Lane.
  • Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 9.30pm: Man shot in legs at house in Rufford Avenue. Victim taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 3.30pm: Man shot in head while in car on Hall Lane after crash on Moorhey Road. Victim taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


  • Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 4.50pm: Man shot on Sefton Lane Industrial Estate. Victim taken to hospital in critical condition.

Police have stepped up high-visibility patrols in the area.

Bill Esterson urged anyone with any information to come forward before someone is killed.

Bill said: "It is only a matter of time before someone is killed unless the madness ends now. And the only way for that to happen is for people to come forward with information.

"These people are spraying bullets with scant regard for public safety. It needs to stop.

"I've heard from people who are saying they are too scared to let their children play out. They are telling me that their children are afraid to go to sleep.

"I am bringing up two children here in Maghull. This is a lovely town. It is a great place to live and to bring up children.

"We cannot let our community end up like this. The community needs to stand up and say enough is enough.

"People need to come forward with any information they may have and pass it on to the police."

Bill said people can come forward and give information to the police anonymously if they fear reprisals.

Bill said: "Police are keeping me updated on their ongoing operation to clampdown on this type of crime in Maghull. But the police also need the help of the community.

"For those who are in fear of speaking up, there are ways you can speak to the police anonymously.

"You can speak in confidence to an officer. Or you can call the confidential CrimeStoppers number on 0800 555 111. Your identity will not be known if you so wish.

"But people need to come forward, with any and all information, so the police can get these dangerous criminals off our streets before someone is killed."



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